South Carolina Ignition Interlock Laws

South Carolina DUI Laws are among the strictest in the country. The legislatures of the state, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies, have implemented these statutes in an effort to curb drunk driving throughout the state. South Carolina had 11,000 DUI arrests in 2008, a figure that the state hopes will continue to nosedive due to the enhanced laws.

1st time DUI offenders in the state will have their driver’s license suspended for 6 months. In addition to paying fines and serving potential jail time or community service, an individual charged with DUI will have their name published and released by the state. An interesting twist to what is otherwise fairly common DUI requirements. 2nd time and subsequent DUI offenders can expect to have to deal with Ignition Interlock Devices. After a 1-year suspension of driving privileges for first time offenders and 2-year suspensions for subsequent arrests, IIDs are a requirement to get limited driving privileges restored.

The DMV will require DUI 2nd time DUI offenders to have an IID installed on their motor vehicle. The DMV may waive that requirement if it finds that the offender has a medical condition that makes him incapable of properly operating the IID. The amount of time that a DUI offender must have an IID installed on his automobile is as follows:

  • 2nd DUI offense: 2 years
  • 3rd DUI offense: 3 years
  • 4th DUI offense: for life

South Carolina hopes that the continued vigilant enforcement of these statutes will help reduce DWIs in the state. The latest studies have also found that the use of Ignition Interlock Devices helps recidivism among Driving Under the Influence offenders. Research shows that ignition interlocks, while installed on an offender’s vehicle, reduce recidivism among both first-time and repeat DWI offenders. More than 10 evaluations of ignition interlock programs have reported reductions in recidivism rang­ing from 50 to 90 percent, with an average reduction of 64 percent while the interlock is installed on the vehicle.

This is especially important when you consider that repeat offenses among DUI offenders are especially high. Especially among the most dangerous groups who are likely to be involved in fatal DUI accidents. Statistics have shown that individuals who cause DUI fatalities are more likely to have been arrested previously for DUI offenses than not. A statistic that is not lost of the South Carolina legislative bodies or the law enforcement officials in the state.

Contact Smart Start To Get Started!

For more information on Ignition Interlock Devices in South Carolina, contact Smart Start today. Our installation technicians deal exclusively with Ignition Interlock Devices in your area and we have experience with the proper installation, monitoring, and removal of Ignition Interlock Devices. Whether you are installing an IID at one of our South Carolina locations in response to a South Carolina court order, a DMV requirement, or some other reason, Smart start of South Carolina can help! Call us today at 800-880-3394 or fill out our online consultation form.

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